I’m now a ‘Mulesoft Mentor’!

“Sharing knowledge is the most fundamental act of friendship. Because it is a way you can give something without loosing something.” – Richard Stallman

I am excited to announce that I have been accepted into the new MuleSoft Mentors cohort! As a MuleSoft Mentor, I will continue to support the MuleSoft Community with my contributions, participate in MuleSoft Meetups, and much more. The earlier batch of this elite program had some of the most well respected names from the Mulesoft Community including Ravi Tamada Sarah Khalid & several others and I’m glad to be among the 120 new mentors added in the second cohort.

What is the Mulesoft Mentors Program?

You can find more details about this program here. The official definition of a Mulesoft Mentor is “Highly motivated individuals ready to become top community contributors. They guide other developers by answering questions on the MuleSoft forum, leading or speaking at MuleSoft Meetups, writing technical content, and more. This program allows active content contributors and those looking to become active to skill up and  earn even more recognition as they move into a top tier Community program.

The earlier cohort had 16 Mulesoft Members and I’m honoured to be among the new 119 Mentors to be onboarded as part of the July Cohort.

I’m obviously excited to join such an elite group of Mulesoft experts and I can’t wait to use this opportunity to step up my contributions to the Mulesoft community.

My Mulesoft Journey

My first exposure to MuleSoft was way back in 2015 and it has been a memorable learning journey working through the credentials – starting off with Mule 3 certs, following up with MCD and then completing the architect track with MCPA and MCIA. Along the way, I’ve been fortunate to present at some Mulesoft Groups & other events and share my integration learnings.

It all started with a training to become an API Design Associate and understanding the nuances of RAML.

I then attempted MCD Level 4 but failed miserably due to lack of practice. Some more time spent and the next milestone was accomplishing MCD!

As they say, one thing often leads to the other and the Mulesoft team was gracious enough to allow me to take MCPA and MCIA trainings. The instructors were excellent and coming from an integration background with good experience on other platforms helped me quickly ramp up on Mule architecture concepts. I passed MCPA comfortably (I think so) but it was touch and go with MCIA – one more question wrong and I would have probably failed. Sometimes, you need the luck to be on your side as well.

In hindsight, I’ve failed a number of exams over the years by small margins so it was a welcome change of sorts to pass one by the slimmest of margins.

Events

Jaipur has a vibrant Salesforce ecosystem and it was great to see the Jaipur Mulesoft Group kickstarted in December, 2018. We (Jaipur Salesforce Developer Group) collaborated with the Jaipur Mulesoft Group and a few other groups in 2019 to conceptualise a community event called ‘Jaipur Cloud Connect 2019’ – a new model of conducting 1-day free community events in an agile manner with a turnaround time of 2-3 weeks and minimal sponsorship.

It was a very successful event and it would not have been possible without all these group leaders and several volunteers who made it happen.

I was happy to see my good friend Shashi from Mulesoft (he now runs his own startup – Have Fun Solving) kick us off with a fantastic event. Shashi has been a great support for me in my Mulesoft journey and I’ve leaned on him to help our teams at MTX ramp up on Mulesoft as well.

Fast Forward to 2021

Year 2020 was a time which nobody will forget for the rest of their lives. The world came to a standstill due to COVID-19 and that has carried forward into 2021 in many ways as well. However, a blessing in disguise from this new Work from Home movement is the extra time that one can dedicate to learning. Thanks to the Mulesoft Partner campaign, I was able to prepare for and renew my Mule certs earlier this year (for FREE)

I’ve been rusty on project experience so I flunked both MCD and MCIA in the first attempt. Took more time to study, went through the Mindtickle prep series & the DIY trainings and passed in the next attempt.

Mulesoft Champions

I also got an opportunity to participate in the Mulesoft Champions program and explore the Mulesoft platform use cases for different verticals.

What’s Next?

As a Mulesoft Mentor, I hope to contribute to the Mulesoft Community by sharing my knowledge and in turn, learning more about the platform – No matter how much you know, there’s always something new to learn.

For now, I’m just grateful to have been given this opportunity as a Mulesoft Mentor and I look forward to doing my bit.

Godspeed & keep learning!

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